04-Jun-2009 -- We had been camped not too far from the general area of this confluence for a couple of days,
to look for Morel mushrooms. Because we didn't have as much success finding mushrooms as we had hoped,
we had some spare time to go to this degree confluence.
Just as we were driving away from one of the areas where we had been looking for the Morels, we saw a
mother bear and her cub. Once we drove the truck close enough to take some photos, they both quickly climbed
into a tree. After taking the photos from inside the truck, we drove past the "tree with the bears in it", but had to stop within sight of the tree (and the bears) to open a gate. Wile the mother bear watched us, we watched the mother bear as we opened the gate, drove through, and closed the gate.
Heading east on the Coquihalla Connector (Highway 97C), we took the exit to the Sunset FSR (Forest Service Road).
Then we took the Bear Creek FSR, which goes north-east and crosses back under the Connector. We then turned
onto the Mellin Lake FSR, and then onto the Mellin-Ellen FSR.
Just before the Mellin-Ellen Branch 200 road we turned south on a side road, drove a short distance,
The confluence was just over 250 meters away. We walked down a slope in the clearcut, and through some open
forest towards the confluence. We had to make a slight detour to the North to avoid a wet area. Once at the
confluence Mal "just kept walking around" to try and avoid all the mosquitoes, while I put on a bug shirt
because I needed my hands free for using the GPS and taking photos (rather than doing battle with the mosquitoes).
Once the photos were done, we walked back to the truck, and headed back to our camp spot, for the final dinner
before heading home the next day.